Sociologists often argue that there is no direct link between objective conditions and subjective interpretations of most social issues. Week 4 examines these objective conditions and explores subjective interpretations through the use of two social issues i.e. alcohol and drug use.
1. Eric Goode. “Drug Use as a Global Social Problem.” Handbook of Social Problems.
2. United Nation on Drug and Crime. 2003. Women and Drug Abuse: The Problem in India. Chapter 4: “Burden on Women due to Drug Abuse by Family Members .” http://www.unodc.org/india/women_Book-6-5-03.html
3. Abdullah, Noorman. 2005. “Exploring Constructions of the ‘Drug Problem’ in Historical and Contemporary Singapore.” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 7(2): 40-70.
4. Susumu Higuchi et al. 2006. “Drinking practices, alcohol policy and prevention programmes in Japan.” International Journal of Drug Policy 17(4): 358–366.
5. Juha Partanen. 2006. “Spectacles of sociability and drunkenness: on alcohol and drinking in Japan.” Contemporary Drug Problems 33(2): 177-204.
6. Chenhall, Richard D. and Tomofumi Oka. 2009. “An Initial View of self-help Groups for Japanese Alcoholics: Danshukai in its historical, Social, and Cultural Contexts.” International Journal of Self Help & Self Care 5(2): 111-152.
7. Jeffrey Hays. 2009. “Smoking in Japan”.
8. Ayukawa, Jun. 2001. “Smoking Problems in Japan.” In Joel Best (ed.), How Claims Spread: Cross-National Diffusion of Social Problems. NY, Aldine de Gruyter.
Selected journals in Social Sciences in general are listed: